Greensboro, N.C. – Marymount University’s women’s lacrosse team dropped its season opener 15-14 on the road at Guilford on Saturday afternoon. The Saints tied the game with less than a minute to play before allowing a shorthanded goal with 29 seconds remaining.
Stephanie Flood and Taylor Johnson both notched hat tricks for the Saints (0-1) with three goals each. Megan McGuirk added a pair while six other players added a lone goal.
Trading goals to an early 3-3 tie, Marymount went on to score six unanswered goals over a 15 minute span en route to a 10-5 halftime lead.
Coming out of the break, Guilford (2-1) scored six of the first seven goals in the second half to retie things at 11-11 with 20 minutes to play. Trading goals once again, the Quakers went up 14-13 at the 4:40 mark.
With both teams going scoreless down the stretch, Flood converted a free position shot with 59 seconds remaining to force the seventh tie of the game. On the ensuing possession, Guilford would draw an MU foul with 30 seconds remaining and score the game-winner on the free position attempt. Marymount would have one last possession but turned the ball over after winning the final draw control of the game.
Molly Maher led the Saints with seven ground balls and five caused turnovers.
In goal, Lourdes Lanzas collected 12 saves, including eight in the second half, in the loss.
Lily Colley led the Quakers with five goals.
Marymount returns to action on March 6 as they take on Swarthmore in Clearwater, Fla.